This is from a note I posted on Facebook on June 4, 2017 and I’m doing an impromptu repost of it here.
Tag: Anita Clay
Today, I am beginning a 3-part series on martial arts. Disclaimer: I am not a black belt, yet. But I have a lot of friends who are black belts in this. One of my new friends is nick-named “The Martial Art’s Woman.” Her name is Andrea Harkins. Other friends are Anita Clay, who not a black belt, yet, but is a fantastic actress in action films. One of her more recent movies is called “Paying Mr. McGetty.” In this movie, she plays with another friend of mine, Don “The Dragon” Wilson. If you don’t know who he is, you should look him up. Plus, James Wilson, and Reggie Cochran. And MANY others.
Today, I want to suggest something. We hear about how good martial arts is for children. But have you considered why adults should do this? Some of this came from Andrea Harkins’ blog. Which can be found here: The Martial Arts Woman. Andrea gives 4 compelling reasons for adults to do martial arts related to perspective. One, is if you have a poor perception about what you believe about yourself, martial arts can help. It can help you be stronger emotionally and you will realize you are stronger. This will carry over into your life in general. There are 6 principles that are taught in martial arts:
- Indomitable spirit
But today’s blog is about exercise. But, is martial arts about exercise, fighting, or self-defense? It’s about all 3! In a good school, you will get a fantastic workout! But you also get lessons in self-defense: which involves fighting. Hopefully, that need won’t ever come up. But if it does, you will learn how to handle it. One of the things that I’ve learned is that your self-esteem will improve. The reason for this is simple: you will be asked to do things that you are not certain you can do. For example, one of the things I was taught to do is to break a board. I did it! And when I did, it was a HUGE confidence booster. A second thing I was told to do is do a running side kick into a dummy. As your self-esteem increases, you become a better version of you. In this series, I want to challenge you: if you want to become a better version of yourself, get started in martial arts! The picture below is of myself, Kathy Long, and my daughter Mary at a self-defense seminar we attended in Dallas, Texas in April of 2016.
Coming up: Energy and success in martial arts.
Dr. Reggie Cochran, Chuck Norris, Aaron Norris, Don “The Dragon” Wilson, Cynthia “Lady Dragon” Rothrock, James Wilson, and Esau McKnight: all world famous martial artists. But as I’ve gotten to know several people on this list I’ve seen more to them than just being Masters in martial arts. Which all of them are, and I have a huge amount of respect for all of them. And that is what this entry is about. Martial arts incorporates a different mindset and lifestyle, at least to those who are Masters. And it’s one I’m developing. It’s one of a fierce determination that defines who they are. They decide early on to become a master. And it carries over into their entire lives.
- They are the ones who reach for the stars and reach them.
- They set one goal after another and reach them.
- They do things differently than others around them and it shows up in their relationships.
- The friends they have realize they are friends, no guessing “am I a friend or not.”
A month ago, today, I was a victim of a hit & run accident while walking. In the subsequent weeks since then it has been my friends in martial arts for the most part than have been there when I was hurting, either emotionally or physically or a combination of the two. I can (and do) go to them for advice without any hesitation at all. I see them as much as friends as leaders. I love calling James, Don, Esau and Reggie friends. All of them are wonderful.
If you want an exercise program, martial arts in FANTASTIC, but as you get involved in it, be aware that a great school will incorporate a lot more than a tough workout. It will incorporate a new mindset as well for you to embrace. Do you want to see what I mean? Check out the movie “The Martial Arts Kid” starring Don “The Dragon” Wilson, Cynthia “Lady Dragon” Rothrock, TJ Storm and several other true martial artists. It is available through Traditionz Entertainment, as well as on Amazon and other venues as well. The producers connected to Traditionz are my wonderful friends Anita Clay (who is an AMAZING actress to be watching for as well), James Wilson, Cynthia “Lady Dragon” Rothrock, and Don “The Dragon” Wilson. As I talk to James, Don and Anita I have learned that they really want martial arts to be more than just a way to fight. Don Wilson said in response to a comment I made about “The Martial Arts Kid” this: “The Study of the Martial Arts involves more than just the fighting aspect….and the only time to use it is to defend others or yourself. It is not for Bullying others!” And this is so true!
I have a few friends on Facebook who are Producers in the movie industry in Los Angeles, California. Namely, James Wilson, his brother Don “The Dragon” Wilson, and Anita Clay. All 3 are amazing! They are producers for Traditionz Entertainment, along with the amazing Cynthia Rothrock. In the process of talking to Anita and James, who are amazing friends as well, I’ve gleaned a little about how they create movies. One of the things they have to do is what I’m going to talk about today. They have to create the characters in the movies. What do they look like? Are they good or bad? What do they do for a living? All the details that go into a movie. What does that have to do with you and living clean? If you don’t know who you are to begin with, how can you be the real you? So I’m going to challenge you. First, take a good look at who you are.
- Are you happy with how you look physically?
- Are you at the weight you want to be? By the way, I’m not talking about being fat or thin.
- Do you dress in a way that feels good for you?
- Are you a good person?
- Are you friendly? Most of the time anyway? By the way, being nice doesn’t mean you aren’t smart!
- Do you treat others the way you want to be treated?
- What do you do for a living?
- Do you like it?
- Is it giving you the life you want?
If any of these things need to change, then change them. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Including from me. To live a clean life, you have to know who you are and if anything doesn’t line up with living a clean life, which I’ve talked about previously, then you need to change it. I only want the best for everyone, if you want my help, then contact me.
I would do a dis-service to my friends if I didn’t tell you about one of the movies they have produced. It is called The Martial Arts Kid. It is awesome, amazing, spell-binding! I could go on and on! In short, I really loved this movie! The Producer, James Wilson, did an amazing job. Cynthia Rothrock, Don “The Dragon” Wilson, and Jansen Panettiere and Kathryn Newton were the heroes. It was so true to life! It shows the true side of martial arts. Martial arts isn’t for fighting, it’s for defending yourself or someone else. And it will impact every area of your life, if you let it. I am so glad I got it! I can’t wait to watch it again! I can see why The Dove Foundation gave it 5 Doves! The fighting scenes were so well done! Not one fight was done by Aunt Cindy, Uncle Glen, or Robbie just because they wanted to fight someone. The scenery was outstanding! WOW! I know that they are working on the sequel to it now. And I have no doubt it will be AMAZING as well. You can purchase it from here: Traditionz Entertainment. And as a bonus, if you order it from here, it will be autographed by one of the actors in it. I know who, but I’m not telling. You will have to order to find out.
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In my last blog entry I was talking about how taking care of yourself doesn’t mean that you neglect yourself. And I gave some suggestions that show you how to take care of yourself. But there is more to it than this. You need to get busy and create the life you want so once you get the balance you need, you can keep it. So how do you do this? I’ve got several great leaders in my life that are also amazing friends. One of them I met from network marketing. That is Dr. Reggie Cochran, who is an amazing business coach as well as an amazing friend to me. Others are Tony and Sarah Zolecki, Rick and Michelle Teague, Renae Green, and Steve Rose. Then I have friends like James Wilson and Anita Clay, who are producers for Traditionz Entertainment. And Esau McKnight who is also an actor/stunt man/martial arts master and the list goes on for Esau. And my friend Brian Fulginiti. Who is the leader of a page I’m part of on Facebook called Motivational Stars, as well as a few other motivational pages I’m on. Send me a private message and I will gladly connect you to him. Plus friends like Calvin Moss, Renea Green, Chad Statham, and Herman White. I am incredibly blessed to have these people in my life. One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned from all these people is to work hard, but also play hard. Go after your dreams. You deserve it. One of the things I’ve learned is that if you want your life to change, then get up and make it happen. It’s the only way your life will change. It starts with a dream. What is something you have only dreamed of doing? From there you need to decide that your dream can happen. From there you have to decide what needs to happen to make this happen. And then just start doing it. We are all going to get older. So, why not get older doing things that will give you the life you desire?
But what if you think all the cards are stacked against you? Well, in that case, you need to start with working on what you believe. One thing I do every morning is affirmations. I have some on my other blog you can use. You must believe that things can change. There are thousands of stories out there of people who have started with nothing, some even homeless, and within 5 years were multi-million dollar earners. Your life can change, but you must believe it before it can before it will. My life has been tough for over 2 decades now. But I made the decision in 2011 to make it change. And now I am 5 years down that road and my life is taking the form that it needs to take. In future blogs I’m going to be talking more about dreams, but for today, I want to start with the basics. What if you’ve forgotten how to dream? I know how that feels, I did. I had dreams that I had completely forgotten about. I became friends with Reggie and Brian in 2013 and 2014 respectfully. Between the two of these amazing friends I’ve learned how to dream again. How did I start? I started by learning to relax. And then daydreaming. Daydreaming isn’t just child’s play. Really think about what would you do if there were no limits?
- Would you travel?
- Would you live in a nicer home?
- Would you have a better car?
- Would you give more?
- What can you think of?
If you need help, send me a reply. And I would absolutely love to help you. It’s where my heart is. Next week, I’ll elaborate on this topic further. Clean living is about a lot more than what you clean you house and body with, although that is a factor. It’s about keeping your mind clean also so you can go after what you want. Trash in trash out, good things in, good things out. Be blessed.